As far as my London pub experience goes, this was a darn good pub!
My boy was commenting on the flat beer but I'm not a beer-drinker so I don't know. The ambience was cheerful and Pubish (if there's such a word) The food was delicious!
Don't believe when people tell you the food in UK is horrible - it's just simply not true! London has so many great restaurants!
A decent pub located directly on the Bayswater Road, very near to Lancaster Gate Tube Station, and right across from Hyde Park. The beer range is limited to Fuller's but that's not an entirely bad thing. A nice, traditional spot to drink some London-made cask ales. A place to visit out of convenience, not a place to make an effort visiting.
Good, solid English pub. Order at the bar and the food is delivered to your table. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and funny, and the food was quite correct. It's a pub, not a gastro-pub, and that's what you get: spot on British fare from fried whitebait (tasty starter!) to chicken and mushroom pies with mashed potatoes, gravy, and overcooked carrots. We needed a quick lunch on a cold afternoon--after an overnight, transatlantic flight--and the Swan it the spot. The daily special salad was crayfish and avocado, and came with boiled potatoes, arugula, and lemon and was light, fresh, and filling. Also generous glass pours of wine at very reasonable rates. I recommend the South African Chenin Blanc.
I'd go back, which says enough in and of itself. Or so I'd like to think.
After a long walk on Oxford Street, the bf and I were ready for a nice pint of Guiness.
I had a poor man's Black Velvet and he had the Guiness and Black. Drinks were poured perfectly.
As for the pub, there are tables outside and a few sitting areas on the first floor. Upstairs has more seating. The decor is nice and it is not too dark inside.
I hope to come back to review the food.
The Swan also does live music on the weekends.
£9 for a measly few nachos and it took a considerable time for someone, anyone to bring me my beer.
The barman assumed that, since I said I was from California, I would prefer a lighter, bubblier beer. Wrong, sir. (Certainly, if anyone appreciates a good IPA, it's a Californian. Not that I am one, being from New York.) When the beer I did order remained to be seen, even after my wife had gone through half of hers, our sad nachos arrived. I queried the server about my beer and was told shortly that she only dealt with the food and I'd have to hail the barman to deal with it. Certainly, after I did as such, the beer arrived quickly. But the weak nachos and the poor service, not to mention the odd assortment of covers being played curiously by the house band, caused me to finish up quickly and head off before more damage could be done.
First time here and having honey dew beer... interesting.
I came here to meet friends who were in town for the Olympics because they actually HAD tickets.
Word to the wise, depending on where you are on Oxford St and how fit you're feeling, DON'T WALK. We looked at the map from Russell Square and thought to take the leisurely stroll over. 1 hour later we arrived. Good to know.
Busy because of the games, but HUGE place. Looks like a colonial house... kind of. Lots of seating, pretty clean toilets and an upstairs, downstairs outside set up. Not sure if that was just for the games or if that's all the time.
Although they were busy, the staff were quick, attentive and fun!
It's not my local, but when I'm in the Hyde Park area I think I will come back
Find a seat, go order at the bar, and they will bring it out to you. Excellent yorkshire pudding and fish/chips. Deserts including the spotted dick are excellent. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Go upstairs if its full down below. Several beers on tap. Selection of whiskeys and ports is small though.
The Swan is my favorite pub in Chiswick. The food is great - the Sunday roast is a fantastic plate. The staff are excellent. Liz from Australia is a particular favorite. Best of all they love dogs - my two boxers Ronnie and Lucy are always enthusiastically received and brought water and attention. Always made me feel very welcome.
This review is based on a visit in late September 2011 -- better late than never, I suppose!
My friend and I had our first London dinner here, as it was right down the street from our hotel, and we enjoyed it. For those used to American table service, it is a pub and leans a little more toward being a counter service type of establishment...order and pay at the bar, and your food is delivered to you.
We ordered potato wedges to share, my friend had the fish and chips, and I had the steak and ale pie. My friend also ordered an ale, and I think I ordered a glass of wine (since I'm not much of a beer drinker - I know, that's quite a shame whilst in London!). I would skip the potato wedges the next time, it wasn't really my cup of tea. It also came at the same time as our entrees, which were more than adequate.
My friend enjoyed her fish and chips, which was basically a whole fish (or maybe half a fish). Definitely NOT the kinds of fish strips or mini-fish fillets we are used to here in the U.S.! My steak and ale pie was delish as well, served with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. This made for a wonderful first dinner in a London pub atmosphere!
Hubby and I grabbed a couple drinks a few times at the Swan because our hotel was located right down the street from the pub and we would pass it every time we went to/returned from the tube (I heart the TUBE!). I loved how quaint and historical it looked. It was awesome being able to sit down outside (or inside) and have a pint after a long and exhausting, but absolutely wonderful, day of exploring London. The inside is nice and dark and woody and loud. Since Hubby's younger brother is studying in London, we brought him to the Swan one night, and it was nice to throw back snakebites, ciders, and beers, and to have lovely conversation at near-scream voice levels inside (there was a live band playing inside that night). Another plus for me was the fact that it is located right across the street from the park and therefore offered nice views of lush, beautiful trees.
I miss London pubs.
How did I miss out on the pub side of this fine establishment?
I had breakfast at The Swan after passing it a few times on my way to tours leaving from the Marble Arch. Hearty, delicious, and delightfully surprised that they served it with a sauce that resembled A1 sauce. It was the perfect English Breakfast (probably more than the typical person should eat, but hey, it's vacation!)
I will be back for the beer!
Popped in on a dreary Sunday for a roast lunch with some friends and found it very warm and comforting.
The food was pretty good but what was outstanding was the service. We needed some hot water to warm up some baby formula - but unlike other places we've been to - the staff were very sympathetic and gave us hot water almost immediately. A simple request, quickly added upon.
The food was pretty good too and worth the cost of £10 for a Sunday roast.
Had shepherds pie. Hrd to find that in the south, so we tried it. It was good, the fish and chips were ok too. For the neighborhood which is filled with tourist traps or overpriced food, this is one place to try
A really lovely warm welcoming olde world pub whih serves excellent food at reasonable prices. Always busy but luckily always found a seat available. They have heaters in the sheltered outside area which even made a chilly January seem warm.
They advertise a carvery but really it's just a Roast Dinner but still very tasty....also very nice Steak there
Great Pub with a sweet owner and friendly staff! Thursday through Saturday there's live music which shouldn't be missed. We liked the breakfast a lot, fresh ingredients, good portions. Two of us are vegetariens and one doesn't like tomatoes no problem, all of our special requests were happily taken care of. When we came back a few days later for a pint the owner recognised us which I think is amazing in a town like London and a sign that he really cares about his customers. The pub itself is the regular, cozy English kind of pub, just the way you want it to be. Highly recommended and absolutely easy to reach as it is located within 50m of Lancaster Gate station.
I love The Swan.
I come here all the time, especially when Mom is in town and staying at the hotel next door. The interior encapsulates exactly what I expect from an English pub: sturdy wooden tables that are great for groups, richly colored, and cozy. There's an outdoor area in the front with long tables and heat lamps that is nice in the fall, but still too chilly in the winter.
The drink selection is good, although I admit I always go for the Aspall cider on tap (delicious). They have live music on certain nights, which always seems to fall on the nights I'm there, and I really enjoy it. It can get pretty loud, but if you find the right table it's ideal.
Now, the tough part. I love this place, and if you do too, and you want to continue to enjoy it, do not eat the food. Just don't. Okay, you can have the cheese platter or some chips for a nibble, but that's it.
There will be tests of your resolve. You will be tempted by the trendy handwritten chalkboard menu. And the carvery set up at the bar. And the upstairs seating area reserved for meals only. Remember: this place is not for meals, it is for relaxing after a long walk in Hyde Park or enjoying drinks with a group of friends. It is great for those things. If you are a tourist who has been traipsing around London with a group all day in the bitter cold and your feet hurt and you want to warm up in an old English pub (with the requisite morbid historical backstory) with a pint, then welcome to The Swan. You'll love it here. If you're hungry, then move on.
In summation: pints with friends, yes. Food- wise: perpetuates every stereotype out there about English cuisine (many of which I don't agree with.)
Near Hyde Park. Ample outdoor seating creates a great beer garden meets pub atmosphere. Perfect for a pint on a sunny day.
Visited The Swan on a recommendation from the hotel concierge. I ordered the fish n chips and a pint of the London Pride. Their service was attentive recognizing that we may be tourists not familiar with ordering at the bar. The guy that owned the bar and his sons were very friendly. We visited there a few times before we departed for our next destination. We will definitely return if we are ever in London near Hyde Park again. It's just around the corner from Lancaster Station. Cheers!
This place may be old, but their service is horrible. Don't get suckered into this tourist trap.
Nice spot to sit outside and watch the peole - some mediocre croning on weekend nights to a Karaoke machine, but it's live music and authentic (but not great) fish & chips.
The Swan has a wonderfully rich history being the final drinking point for prisoners on their way to the gallows at Marble Arch and is nicely positioned overlooking Kengsington Gardens (and near the Lancaster Gate tube station or a little ways from Queensway tube station). The food is pretty darn good and the service has gotten better (but still spotty sometimes) since they remodeled. The fish and chips are a tasty staple and they offer a variety of other dishes (more than just pub grub) and side dishes. The selection of beer on tap including hard cider is on par with most UK pubs.
My husband and I loved hanging out at The Swan every night after a day exploring London. Drinking beers outside on the front porch is a really good time.
I thought it would be terribly touristy located in Bayswater, but the food was really tasty, the drinks were great, and they didn't mind that I had a very young baby and pram with me. Great staff, I would go there again!
I've been visiting The Swan for years. Ali and his staff are always welcoming and helpful. We had an eyeopening experience last visit. it was a beautiful April evening, and a friend and I were enjoying a pint on the patio. As we were chatting, a couple of lads had a scuffle with a patron just beside us. My friend told me to run inside and get help, but I noticed our bartender was already outside. Before we could think, a young man asked my friend, "Is this your wallet?" The kerfuffle was the reaction of two employees shaking down the pickpocket who had just nicked my mate's wallet from her purse AT HER FEET!!! Moral: Don't take your eyes or hands off your bags!! This keen staff saved our holiday! Cheers lads!! I'll be back!
Warm and friendly atmosphere and a very hard working yet pleasant staff Would totally recommend it for tourists looking for the authentic pub experience with large portions of nourishing food.
This pub is very close to Lancaster Tube station and opposite Hyde Park. I went there for the first time on Saturday and it was the perfect place to have a pint after a day in the sun in the park. It was rammed on Saturday afternoon; everybody was trying to get a table in the outdoor patio at the front of the pub. There is also a terrace which overlooks the park but that was hired out for a private party when I was there, so we were unable to sit up top. The pub is rather basic and nothing special but they do serve cheap food and you they have roast lunch already cooked up so you can eat really quickly if you are starving (or in a rush).
Friendly staff, prime location, outdoor seating and a view of Hyde Park.
Large outdoor patio. Lots of smokers. Very busy. Didn't eat the food. just another fuller's pub.
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